Cherokee, NC

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Saturday, October 28, 2023 (2 events)

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Saturday, October 28 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cherokee history isn’t just the past. In Oconaluftee Indian Village, it’s alive, well, and amazing.

As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. You won’t need your robotic-voiced GPS here. The faint tang of wood smoke wafts by as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Delight in cultural dances amid the swaying oaks and sycamores. As you wander, interact with villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, and fashion beadwork. Watch as a village prepares for war. Be amazed by a blowgun demonstration. Oconaluftee Indian Village is much more than just a place; it’s living history. 

288 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC 

Tuesday through Saturday
Ending October 28th, 2023

9:30am to 4:30pm
Guided tours leave every 15 minutes

Adult tickets start at $25
Child tickets start at $15
Children 5 and under are free

For group sales, call 828-497-2111 x205 or email

Sgili (Ghost) Hunt at Oconaluftee Indian Village

Saturday, October 28 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Come get spooky in Cherokee!

Cherokee Historical Association is hosting a Sgili (Ghost) Hunt at Oconaluftee Indian Village! The event is three days only and will serve as a fundraiser for CHA. All proceeds will support operating costs at Oconaluftee Indian Village. 

Tickets are $10 per person at 
Doors open at 7pm and the first tour will begin at 7:15pm.

*Please note, this event is a ghost tour and not a haunted house attraction, but it's sure to be lots of spooky fun!*

Experience Oconaluftee Indian Village after dark!

Hear traditional Cherokee stories by fire light then take a guided tour through the Village and adjacent botanical garden trail.

Your tour guide will tell you all about Sgili that have been spotted and experienced inside the Village over the years. Step inside the Village buildings and see what you experience. You're welcome to take photos, videos, and audio recordings on your hunt. This is your chance to experience Oconaluftee Indian Village like never before! Guests will also be guided along the botanical garden trail adjacent to the Village. Learn about the true crime that took place here and be enveloped by the sounds of the woods at night.

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